Even though my maternity leave delayed the posting of this story, I would still like to introduce you to Diane Mattis and her intimate look at the wonderful plants found at the Scott Arboretum. Enjoy the reminder of the delightful blooms in the Harry Wood Garden this spring as we are poised to begin summer tomorrow.
We would like to take a moment to introduce a new series for the Garden Seeds blog entitled Blooms of the Season. This series will feature the original artwork of Diane Mattis, highlighting what is blooming in the garden right now from a new perspective.
As a volunteer photographer, Diane’s wonderful photography has been featured in our publications and on our family of websites over twelve years. Her new artistic expression, scanning plant arrangements on a flat bed scanner, is equally striking and horticulturally inspirational. You may have glimpsed some of her recent artwork on our facebook page.
Her latest creation highlights the March blooms of the Harry Wood Garden. To create these pieces of artwork, Diane takes small cuts from the blooms in the Scott Arboretum gardens and then creates floral arrangements on her scanner. She hopes these compilations will inspire others to take a closer look at the beauty of the Scott Arboretum no matter the season.
Even this early in spring the Harry Wood Garden is awash in blooms. Diane features seven plants: Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore-pleno’, Skimmia japonica, Bergenia ‘Appleblossom’, Helleborus niger, Helleborus x hybridus, and Nandina domestica ObsessionTM.
Take a moment to appreciate the glimpse into the throat of the Galanthus. Snowdrops often droop and disguise the intricate workings of their blooms. The Skimmia flower can seen adjacent to its red berries in the garden right now. The various hellebore cultivars add a variety of colors to the understory of the Harry Wood Garden.
Come explore with us the blooms of the season through the intimate perspective of Diane Mattis.
“Although I started taking pictures as young person, I didn’t really become passionate about my photography until after I retired and started my own garden. It seemed wise to document my efforts, and then it seemed even wiser to come to Scott Arboretum as a volunteer to learn more about horticulture. At the start I was weeding, mulching, and building erosion barriers in the Crum Woods. One thing led to another, and not long after I started I was honored to be asked to do photography for the Arboretum as my volunteer work. Over the past twelve years I have photographed many of the collections, the Plant Sales, the Spring and Fall Festivals, and the summer concerts in the amphitheatre, as well as documenting all the dedicated trees. There was never a time that I came to the Arboretum that I was not overcome with awe at the natural beauty that surrounded me.
My family and friends were shocked to see me leaving for the Arboretum, year round, summer and winter. Far too many people are unaware that nature has provided us with beautiful vignettes whether the temperature is 77 or 37 degrees. There was always something at the Arboretum to delight the senses and make the spirit soar. Using the latest format that I have become interested in, scanning plant arrangements on a flat bed scanner, I hope to become a catalyst to inspire people to take a closer look at the beauty Scott Arboretum has been offering for decades.
Each day presents us with a multitude of visual miracles, if only we have the eyes to see them.”